Chris Owen Singer Songwriter

Chris Owen Singer Songwriter

When I Knew The Way

The first time I heard you

The song I didn’t know

A Voice like an angel

Pure as the morning snow

A beautiful girl, In an exquisite world

A glorious place, With no destructive space

The day, when I knew the way

And the things that made you smile

 

We played every town

From Nashville to Birmingham

We filled every theatre

And let the world be damned

 

We shared every room, and stared at the moon

We  laughed and we cried, as though we both were high

The day, when I knew the way

And the things that made you smile

 

La, de da …

 

As we travelled on

The silence grew more and more

You had friends all around

I put my fist through the door

I got on a bus, and thought about us

You played the next date, and put it down to fate

The day when I lost my way

And would never see you smile

 

La de da…

 

Now time has missed

The smile on your lips

The way that we kissed

That made the best memories

The day, when I knew the way

And the things that made you smile

 

And now you are gone

Because I was never wrong

And I sing alone to every sad, sad song

I forever miss, The smile on your lips

The way that we kiss,

That make the best memories

The day when I knew the way

And the things that made you smile .

New Horizons

She hoped for wings to take her

Far above the clouds

The thought of new horizons

Destroying the sounds

That chilled her

 

She dreamed of wings to take her very far away from here

Just Flying , and gliding

She wished that life held more for her than overcoming fear

And lying, so frightening

No-one in her life was ever going to come to help

She’d waited, and waited

She tried so hard to find someone that she could trust to tell

But couldn’t, she should have

 

She hoped her wings would take her

Far above the clouds

The thought of new horizons

Destroying the sounds

That chilled her

 

She would never come to rest and place her feet on land

Soaring, and exploring

Never again to live or die buy someone else’s hand

A new chance , Renaissance

 

She dreamed of wings to take her somewhere far away from here

Flying, just flying

She understood her body now was finally out of tears

Crying, and crying

 

She hoped her wings would take her

Far above the clouds

The thought of new horizons

Destroying the sounds

That Killed her

 

She had her wings to take her

Far above the clouds

Her view of new horizons

Destroying the sounds

Renaissance

Everyone Lives

Every man can find a soulmate

Every man can fight his fight

Every man will die on someday

Byt not everyone lives

 

The road your on is risky

The road your on is wild

Taking each examination

With the freedom of a child

 

The highs and lows of fortune

The push and pull of love

Each end of the candle burning

A life to be proud of

 

A view of the past

A glass of memories that are filled with regret

A life unsurpassed

Accelerating, toward your sunset

 

Listen to the voice inside you

Ignore the sell by date

Open every door you come to

Take a leap of faith

 

Sing your song at boundless measure

Raise the roof and bark and roar

Searching for the greatest pleasure

Keep asking for more

 

Waiting for the final judgement

Standing there in Shangri-La

Can you justify your actions

Collide with the devils jaw

 

Everyman can find a soulmate

Everyman man can fight his fight

Everyman will die on someday

But not everyone lives

Only the Lonely can be Free

Only the lonely can be free

Only the solitary man can be

Bearing no burden, they are not laden

No-one to battle, No signs of struggle

They’re liberated, Independence located

Only the lonely can be free

 

A quiet place, a quiet space

No-one at all, watching him

His conscience clear

Nothing to fear

No guilty mind, destroying him

 

Only the lonely can be free

Only the solitary man can be

Bearing no burden, they are not laden

No-one to battle

No signs of struggle

They’re liberated, Independence located

Only the lonely can be free

 

He thinks of her, his thoughts transfer

The joy they shared, on golden days

A summer missed, a tender kiss

A secret wish, to be castaway

 

He lays alone, his lover gone

A shaft of light, piercing him

He lies and waits, contemplates

The lights of life, glowing dim

 

Only the lonely can be free

Only the solitary man can be

Bearing no burden, they are not laden

No-one to battle, No signs of struggle

They’re liberated, Independence located

Only the lonely can be free

 

A quiet place, a quiet space

No thoughts disturbed, in his tranquil mind

 

Only the lonely can be free

Only the solitary man can be

Bearing no burden, they are not laden

No-one to battle, No signs of struggle

They’re liberated, Independence located

Only the lonely can be free x2

A Little of Tomorrow

 

A Little of Tomorrow

Can make up for yesterday

Just to know that there’s someone there for you

So, you’re not castaway

 

Let me take your hand

I don’t need to understand

Why you feel the way you’re feeling now

In the sinking sand

 

Do you know where to find me

I’m always here by your side

I can sit in the silence with you

Until your tears have dried

 

Every lingering thought every memory

Destroying who you are and who you’re meant to be

 

You can share what you want

Cause all this time now is ours

When the night is at its darkest hour

You can see the stars

 

A little of tomorrow

Can make up for yesterday

Just to know that there’s someone there for you

So, you’re not castaway

 

A little of tomorrow

Can make up for yesterday

Just to know that there’s someone there for you

So, you’re not castaway

Copyright Chris Owen 2019

I Hear Her Singing

Every morning, hearing my name

Each speck of daylight, feeling the same

And I hear her singing

 

Never knowing what I will find

Images growing, destroying my mind

And I hear her singing

 

Always pretending things are okay

People around me don’t know what to say

And I hear her singing

 

Can I struggle, go on and on

I’m in trouble, not there for my son

And I hear her singing

I hear her singing

 

Hearing footsteps climbing the stairs

My eyes are hiding, concealing the tears

And I hear her singing

 

Will I answer, will I fall

Faking emotions, can’t tell her so

But I hear her singing

 

Filling the silence with moments of joy

My resolution, My Helen of Troy

And I hear her singing

 

Sun is shining, here in my heart

Maybe saying, it’s my time to start

And I hear you singing

 

Steadily beating the demons of hell

Hades has fallen, it’s easy to tell

And I hear you singing

 

 Every morning, hearing my name

Each speck of daylight, feeling the same

And I hear her singing

I hear her singing

Copyright Chris Owen 2019

Don't Take Me For a Fool

Take the house that we called home

Take the TV, take the phone

Take my heart and take my soul B

ut don’t take me for a fool

 

Take the car that we both chose

I’ll find another I suppose

Take your time, take some of mine

But don’t take me for a fool

 

I’ll get over you

Now I know that we are through

I’m moving on, I’ve shed my load

You can only lose just what you cling to

You can only lose just what you cling to

 

Take the ring that I put on

Take the boy I still call son

Take my money for all time

But don’t take me for a fool

 

Take a seat or take a knee

In a moment you’ll be free

Listen well, it’s been hell

Don’t take me for a fool

 

I’ll get over you

Now I know that we are through

I’m moving on, I’ve shed my load

You can only lose just what you cling to

You can only lose just what you cling to

 

Take the A-Train, take a cab

Do me a favour don’t look back

Take a break for both our sakes

But don’t take me for a fool

 

Take the pictures off the wall

Take the carpet from the hall

All the higher ground is yours

Don’t take me for a fool

 

You told me that your now alone

But I have heard you on the phone

Three’s a crowd, it’s not allowed

Don’t take me for a fool

51 Years

51 years to figure it out

Rivers of tears to figure it out

Why did it take so long?

Working out the right from wrong woohoo

 

Love and Affection filling my nights

Liberal views but turn out the lights

Seeking out just one to love

Needing help, Heavens Above Woohoo!

 

And Oh, Oh Oh all of this matters

Oh! Oh! Oh! When your life’s in tatters

 

Take any job just to pay the rent

Too much month when the money’s spent

Put on the suit of a Government man

Seemed to me to be the grown-up plan woohoo

 

Troubled by the bills that I’ve got to pay

Hoping the stress would just go away

Made a plan just to trust to luck

Decided not to give a damn woohoo

 

Saluting every magpie across the street

Missing out the cracks underneath my feet

Make a wish with your fingers crossed

Quite a high operating cost woohoo

 

And oh, oh! Oh! Knock on wood

Oh! Oh! Oh! Will do you no good

 

51 years to figure it out

Appreciating what life’s all about

Spending time with the ones you love

Don’t give a damn about the push and shove woohoo

 

And Oh! Oh! Oh! Let sleeping dogs lay

And Oh! Oh! Oh! Just live for today, today, today

New Way of Living

This game is getting me down

Don’t wanna play anymore

You keep on changing the rules

You keep on closing the door

 

And I

Have a new way of living

I

Have a new beginning

 

Don’t tell me that I should care

Don’t say there’s no other choice

I know that life is unfair

I’ve shut out all of that noise

 

And I

Have a new way of living

I

Have a new beginning

 

Can’t see the wood for the trees

Can’t see the truth of it all

A clearer view appears

I’m running now from a crawl

 

How can I live without fear?

Not caring if I should fall

Now I am free from this game

I’ve taken my curtain call

 

And I

Have a new way of living

I

Have a new beginning

 

My soul is yearning to fly

My body’s ready to run

I have a new game to play

This time I’ve already won

 

And I

Have a new way of living

I

I have a new beginning

The Other Side of Town

On one side of town

There are streets lined with Elm trees

And the smell of mothers cooking

Drifts to every little schoolboy

 

On the other side of town

Mary looks in every cupboard

Searching for a second time

For something that will ease her hunger pain

 

There is no escape

From the chains that link to bind her

To the life that will define her

Longing for a life on the other side of town

 

On one side of town

The kids go trampolining

Whilst the mums and dads

Discuss the latest recipes, and skiing

 

On the other side of town

Mary stands outside the Rose and Crown

Hoping that her dad will see her

Feeling guilty, give a pound or two

 

There is no escape

From the chains that link to bind her

To the life that will define her

Longing for a life on the other side of town

 

On one side of the town

Children tucked in warmly

Whilst holding on to Eye-aw

And father singing softly

 

On the other side of town

Mary stares through the dirty window

In the room she has to sleep in

But the cold will keep her shivering through the night

 

There is no escape

From the chains that link to bind her

To the life that will define her

Longing for a life on the other side of town

 

There is no escape

From the chains that link to bind her

To the life that will define her

Longing for a life on the other side of town

On the other side of town x2

Been Here Now

All through the years gone by

All through the years that I

Have spent a life that without you

I just Can’t imagine I’d have been here now

 

Looking back

When you and I were strangers at the dance

The do or die beginnings of a faraway romance

I had to go

A kiss goodbye, a promise soft and low

Waving from a window to the sea of streets below

 

All through the years gone

by All through the years that I

Have spent a life that without you

I just Can’t imagine I’d have been here now

 

From two to three

A cottage full of love and full of joy

A blessing sent from heaven in the image of a boy

Travelling on

Landscape changing each and every year

Taking on the battles through the worries and the fear

 

All through the years gone by

All through the years that I

Have spent a life that without you

I just Can’t imagine I’d have been here now

 

Not far to go

Still holding hands together down the road

Comforting, alleviating, sharing every load

Looking back

Bravely asking for a maiden’s name

A dress of pink and tinselled hair of colour just the same

The castle walls

Starting on a journey meant to last

Images from memories of the deep and distant past

All through the years gone by

All through the years that I

Have spent a life that without you

I just Can’t imagine I’d have been here now Been hear now

Been here now

Leave Me Alone

I feel like I have to share my mind

Tomorrow who knows what you will find

Listen to me

 

You are constantly banging on my door

Ignoring the rich but not the poor

Leave me alone

 

Why do you kick me all the time

Trying to take what once was mine

Leave me alone

 

My whole life is just 10 feet away

Nothing more that I need

I don’t want to read the signs that they parade

Leave me here in my dream

In my dream

 

Think less of the means and more the ends

Stop sharing it all with your posh friends

Leave me alone

 

I just have enough to pay my dues

There is nothing more that I can lose

Leave me alone

 

I am content with what I own

I’m staying here in my timezone

Leave me alone

 

My guiding light is getting dimmer every day

I don’t see much anyway

I couldn’t care less what the world has to say

All I need is right here

Is right here

 

How far are you willing now to go

Whilst all of my ducks are in a row

Leave me alone

 

I know the man that is down will fear no fall

You can’t take away from nothing at all

Leave me alone

Another World

The sky has changed a million times

Clouds have come and gone

My phone is saying a million friends

I can only think of one x2

 

The Road has seen a million cars

Maybe millions more

I thought I knew my own direction

I only think of home x2

 

Take me to another world

Where you and I are not disturbed

Nobody knows where we are

 

The world has lost a million souls

Millions more will fall

I tried to save them one by one

I couldn’t free them all x2

 

Winters here

And yet our leaves are green

Laying in the verdant forest

We cannot be seen x2

 

Take me to another world

Where you and I cannot be heard

My every breath is tangled in you x2

 

My life has seen a million heartaches

A million teardrops too

Now the thick dense fog has lifted

I only think of you x2

 

The sky has changed a million times

Clouds have come and gone

Heading in the same direction

We can journey on x2

I Cried

I cried 

When I heard them call him names

When I saw they had no shame

When I saw it all was planned

I knew they’d never understand

 

I cried….x4

 

I cried

when I saw them raise their hands

And when they laughed and jeered

The line has gone from the sand

And hatred re-appeared

 

I thought

the children of today

Travelled in a different way

There was no division now

But we’re back to yesterday

 

I thought now the world was better

That the world was good

I hoped the game we played together

Meant that we all understood

 

I know that this is not all over

There is more to come

We are not interred in clover

While they bang their hatred drum

 

I cried…

You Deserve More Than Me

Time in the Sun When Summer is done

Free to do as you please

Life of a queen

The richest you’ve seen

You deserve more than me

 

A room full of shoes

Impossible to choose

Before the driver arrives with your car

A dress by design

Would suit you just fine

For any occasion or affair

 

A long limousine

The sleekest machine

Never needing to open the door

A seat by the stage

To see the greats of the age

Before you outshine them all on the floor

 

I can give you these words, and others you’ve heard

That tell you how much I care

I’ve thought of this tune, but instead of the moon

All that I have you can share

 

A villa in France

Filled with joy and romance

With a sunset to grace any day

To sail down the Nile

And stare for a while

At the wonders the world can convey

 

I can give you these words, and others you’ve heard

That tell you how much I care

I’ve thought of this tune, but instead of the moon

All that I have you can share

 

Time in the Sun When summer is done

You deserve more than me

He Lived Alone

He Lived alone

But it wasn’t always so

They both had friends who’d come and go

The music soared

Each evening roared

But that’s before he lived alone

 

She missed him so

When his coat hung at the door

Getting home just after four

He’d say ‘just fine’

Uncork the wine

That was before she missed him so

 

Sooner or later it would fall apart

They knew that good couldn’t last for long

His straying eyes would crush her trusting heart

And she could never be that strong

 

He felt ashamed

But he was all to blame

He thought that it was just a game

But now he’d lost

And paid the cost

But still he felt ashamed

 

She found it hard

To start again behind a guard

Hoping to turn a friendly card

Most nights alone

A silent phone

Now she found it hard

 

But time and again she’d thought of calling him

She never knew that he felt the same

Deep in her heart she’d not forgiven him

But being alone was so insane

 

He lived alone

The house became a love free zone

She’d never once picked up the phone

His tears ran dry

She’d met a guy

And still he lived alone

I Have an Angel

 I have an Angel and she’s sitting next to me

She’s there beside me, waiting patiently

 

I have an Angel and she’s smiling back at me

I know for certain, where she is, I have to be

 

At times it feels like your alone

Facebook friends and Instagram

No likes or smiling faces

As you watch the colours fade

 

I have an Angel and she’s sitting next to me

The sound of her voice can ease and comfort me

 

I have an angel and she’s smiling back at me

Quiet tender kisses she places on my cheek

 

Coffee shop people everywhere

Staring blindly into space

Lovers deep in to embrace

Constant chatter fills the air

 

I have an Angel and she’s sitting next to me

Never judging, she listens patiently

 

I have an Angel and she’s smiling back at me

I know for certain where she is, I have to be

 

When you feel like you’re alone

The world is winning

The sinking stone keeps sinking

There’s an Angel there for you

Look beside you and see for sure

 

I have an Angel and she’s sitting next to me

She’s there beside me, waiting patiently

I have an Angel and she’s smiling back at me

I know for certain, where she is, I have to be

Copyright Chris Owen 2019

Sandals in the Rain

I saw her sitting all alone

In the dress she wore the night before

No-one to help, no-one to phone

A far of look, towards the shore

 

She never knew where she came from

No loving home to call her own

The other kids would call her dumb

The hurt she felt was not well known

 

No tears to cry, she feels no pain

She's wearing sandals in the rain

 

A string of heartaches followed on

While she searched for who knows what

Self-respect had been and gone

With her last Sir Lancelot

 

She walked along the empty pier

Not looking at the warning sign

Feeling numb not feeling fear

Crossing her last battle line

 

No tears to cry, she feels no pain

She's wering sandals in the rain

 

A single shoe washed on the sand

A single girl that no-one knew

No-one wants to understand

No policeman looking for a clue

 

The Preacher speaks but no-one hears

The clouds have gone, a new beginning

Another girl sits on the pier

Why is she waiting, what is she thinking?

 

No tears to cry, she feels no pain

She's wearing sandals in the rain